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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A man is dead and police are searching for the driver of the car who hit him.

Witnesses believe the victim, Miguel Soler, 58, of New Jersey, was struck on the sidewalk along Las Olas Blvd, just before the bridge to A1A.

Soler pulled over to take a photo and was hit, residents said.

They heard a loud bang and came outside. Ft. Lauderdale Police added that Soler’s vehicle was also struck.

“Terrible,” one resident said. “His wife and son were in the car, it was awful. The car hit him from here and threw him all the way where that police car is.”

Others said the road is dangerous with motorists speeding in both directions.

“We have accidents here all the time,” said another area resident. “Because we have a lot of drunks coming down that bridge, on drugs and drinking, and they’re coming down 60-70 miles per hour.”

At this time, it’s unclear if the person behind the wheel had been drinking. Witnesses seem to think so.

Police did manage to find the suspect’s vehicle, a dark-colored SUV with apparent windshield and side damage. The driver and passenger ditched it about a half a mile west of where the victim was hit, they said.

If you know anything that can help, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.


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